Good Thursday evening, everyone. This was a wild weather day across a good portion of the area. With a weather system working through, it definitely made an impact on our temperatures compared to yesterday. After temperatures went from the lower 60s yesterday morning into the middle 80s Wednesday afternoon, we did see a warm high during the late morning hours as Joplin Regional topped out at 80°. Once we got into the afternoon, that’s when so much rain dropped temperatures into the upper 60s and held steady.
While we did have some severe t-storm warnings today, the bigger story turned out to be the rain that we got from t-storms late last night, this morning and through the early evening hours. As Doug pointed out the other night, we had heavy rain and t-storms work through much of the area late this morning and into the afternoon. That worked over the atmosphere and prevented the advancing cold front from producing an afternoon/early evening round of severe t-storms. All the rain, though, really added up.
A closer view along the I-44 corridor showed that the heavy rain favored this area today. For today alone, these areas picked up radar-estimated amounts between 4 and 8 inches of rain. That was the big reason for the flash flood warnings along and south of I-44 today. In fact, the heavy rain led to 11 roads being closed earlier today in Joplin and 8 water rescues by emergency officials. You had several roads flooded in Neosho with one vehicle that ended up being stranded earlier today as well.
The good news is that this system is moving on. Our severe threat ended earlier this evening and our passing cold front is clearing out the remaining rain chances. This may leave us with cooler than normal temperatures to start the holiday weekend out, but we’ll get a chance to dry out before our next front to the northwest works in early next week.
Upstairs at the jet stream level, the main upper-level low is passing to our north. Despite that, it will still shift the jet to our south and allow for cooler temperatures to work in.
Behind the front, we’ll hold on to mostly cloudy skies as a northwest breeze at 10-15 mph kicks in. That will send temperatures into the lower to middle 50s for our Friday morning. While the overall skies will be mostly cloudy, we can’t rule out some areas of fog just due to all the rain that we picked up today.
Once we get past a chilly start to the day, the rest of your Friday looks great. No rain chances to worry about as we enjoy partly sunny skies and enjoy a whole day to dry things out. With the northerly breeze in place, it will be cooler than normal with highs in the upper 60s.
We’ll keep skies partly cloudy for Friday night and Saturday morning while a light northeast breeze stays in place. This will actually lead to cool morning lows for late May. We’ll have lows drop back into the middle 40s across the area.
Once we get past a cool start Saturday morning, Saturday is looking pretty good. Partly sunny skies and a light northeast breeze will allow highs to climb back into the upper 60s.
For Sunday, some returning moisture and milder temperatures will lead to a return of some scattered t-storms for Sunday afternoon and into Sunday evening. We aren’t expecting anything strong or severe with Sunday’s rain chances. It’ll also feel a little better with highs back in the lower 70s on Sunday.
While our Memorial Day starts chilly with lows in the 50s, we’ll see highs climb back into the middle 70s ahead of another approaching cold front. With that front and an upper-level wave working together, we’ll keep an eye out for scattered t-storms for Memorial Day afternoon. For now, we’ll keep the severe threat for Monday very low. It’s still something we’ll watch as we roll along.
We’ll hold on to some rain and t-storm chances through much of next week as temperatures will top out in the middle 70s in general. For a look at the next few weeks, Doug has you covered with his long range forecast down below. Have a good night and a great Friday!
Next Friday & Saturday: Staying warm with thunderstorms late in the week with a low severe threat for both days.
June 6th-June 12th: A warm week with thunderstorms on Sunday. Most of the week looks good till storms by Saturday.
June 13th-19th: Another warm week with several rounds of storms during the middle of the week.